Hardware Necessities

Course Curriculum

In this course, we start by covering light, perhaps the most critical factor in cannabis cultivation. The quality of the light is paramount — it needs to be within a specific spectral range to be utilized by the plant, and of sufficient intensity and duration to promote vigorous growth. This course explores the many aspects of optimizing light and reviews the types of lighting most commonly used by commercial and home growers alike. We also demonstrate how to measure the quality and quantity of the light reaching your plants and learn how to optimize the photosynthetic potential for various plant cultivars in your garden.

From there, we move on to cover ventilation and CO2. We examine some of the most common approaches to providing adequate ventilation and climate control at your cultivation site, which is essential to the success of your operation. First, we look at the importance of air circulation and identify the various equipment that can be used to move the air throughout your growing environment. Then, we discuss temperature and humidity control measures, including air-conditioning, evaporative cooling, humidification, dehumidification, and air exchange. Next, we examine some of the most common odor mitigation strategies, including filtration and neutralization, as well as the air filtration and sanitation systems used to prevent pest and pathogen infestation. We wrap up with an examination of CO2-replenishment and explore the differences between open-loop vs. closed-loop ventilation systems.

Finally, we explore electrical systems. We introduce some basic electrical concepts, like amperage, voltage, wattage, and resistance, and learn how to calculate the safe load capacity of your electrical system. We also examine the equipment that delivers the electrical service to your site and the safety features of that system. We then identify some of the most prevalent electrical hazards in a cultivation operation and emphasize the importance of hiring a professional electrician to install new equipment. The course concludes with a brief discussion of on-site generation, which can help you offset your energy consumption.

About Our Self-Paced Electives

Along with many major institutions, we have refocused our educational services to online and remote learning environments so you don’t need to come to Oaksterdam, OU will come to YOU! This is an excellent way for you to build competency, qualifications, and confidence in your skillset immediately.

The live-classroom is an orchestrated blend of technology designed to provide the best student experience. Students will have access to the online course materials through a sophisticated Learning Management System with Mastery Exercises, Quizzes, and Exams to ensure comprehension.

The live-classroom environment expands upon the asynchronous online programs by also delivering live interactive lectures, demonstrations, and workshops led by our faculty of professional lawyers, cannabis growers, and business owners. Students can ask questions, participate in discussions, break out into working groups, interact with one another, and our Horticulture students can also show the instructors their own garden and plants to receive feedback on their progress!

Our live-environment provides the most comprehensive online cannabis learning experience available anywhere in the world.

Hardware Necessities

Certification Program


This self-paced virtual course covers the nuts and bolts of the hardware and equipment you need to set up a grow facility for maximum safety, efficiency and yields. We explore light, ventilation, climate control, electrical systems, and the latest in odor mitigation, giving you the practical information you need to get started or upgrade your grow.


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